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Student Group Management


Welcome to the Student Group Management website. We have designed this space to include practical suggestions for developing learning, teaching and assessment practices. All the activities included here are designed to better motivate and engage our students in their own learning processes: an engaged student becomes a motivated student – and one that is much more likely to bond with their peers and to see them as allies in their own learning processes.


There are resources here on the site that you are welcome to use whenever you want to feed your passion for emancipatory and creative learning, teaching and assessment (LTA).
There will be blogposts weeks beginning 12th March, 13th April and 4th May as part of the online aspects of this Unit.

Each month we will be asking you to reflect on your own practice and to research and read about the topics that we flag up. We will be encouraging you to share your thoughts in your own Blog – for this reflective writing will be an important aspect of the Unit as a whole.

We will also be sharing tips on easy-to-use ideas that can be embedded into any module at any level to develop student learning and success – and we will ask you to consider if and how you might use the strategies that we discuss in your own practice.


Introduction video by Tom Burns and Sandra Sinfield

Please Participate and comment on the BLOG below
or access the direct link:



Access the links below for key resources

Developing a digital student Developing notemaking and reflective learning
IBP and PBL Problems and projects Promoting discussion
Promoting reading Reading list
Resources Simulations and role plays
Visual and creative strategies Writing - Writing in the Disciplines/Writing across the Curriculum


In Learning Development we believe that we should engage in emancipatory and empowering practice - helping the student to (learn how to) act powerfully within the often alienating forms and processes of HE.
Our job is not just to 'fix' broken students - but to help students navigate powerful academic forms and processes from which they have been excluded (one way or another) - or which typically make them feel small and unsuccessful. SGM will offer ‘pick up and go’ teaching tips via the blog – and invite discussion via the Comments section of the blog. It is designed to be a supportive, collegiate space for us to get together and grow what we know.


A thumbnail of what we will be covering:

Developing a digital student: The learning landscape is digital – and we want our students to operate successfully in a digital world. We make suggestions on how to develop digital literacies with our students. Quick tip:  We get students blogging-to-learn and have found that the quasi-academic writing of the blog helps them to process their learning and write better essays.

Visual and creative strategies: *All* students (not just art and media ones) benefit from being stretched visually and creatively - it develops digital literacy, supports analytical and critical thinking, builds self-esteem - and practically helps with notemaking and things like poster presentations.

Simulations and role plays: We have found that simulations and role plays early on in any course help students to think - to speak - and to bond with other students - thus improving behaviour in class - and promoting happier and more successful students who really *get* analytical and critical thinking.

Promoting discussion: talking with others does not come easily for many of our students: this is just an opportunity to fail - to show their weaknesses... So building in activities like Topic Mediated Dialogue, Image Mediated Dialogue and Debates really help our students to conquer their fears and find their academic voices.

IBL & PBL: Problems and Projects: Rather than 'teaching' the whole course, we recommend that staff set problems, challenges and projects that cover key Learning Outcomes. When challenged in this way, students exceed expectations – and lose the idea that teaching is about spoon-feeding.

Writing – Writing in the Disciplines/Writing Across the Curriculum: Building in many short, meaningful - and not remedial - writing tasks helps students discover the art of writing to learn - and breaks down their fear of writing and fear of failure.

Please access the blog below daily for more and most recent information - and more importantly contribute, knowledge is all about sharring...




Developing a digital student | Developing notemaking and reflective learning | IBL & PBL: problems and projects | Promoting dicussion
Promoting reading | Reading List | Resources | Simulations and role plays | Visual and creative strategies
Writing - Writing in the Disciplines/Writing across the Curriculum


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